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Old 09-19-2007, 02:02 PM
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"Down to Earth" - Still life setup

I would like your thoughts and suggestions on a still life set up. The white sheet is a placeholder for wings. I don't plan on making them white, but a white sheet is what I had to hold the place.

I would like the focal point to be the jacket, but I would like this to read as a place where a farmer/fieldworker just shed their clothes for the evening. I would like the wings to be subtle enough that one might miss them at first glance.

I am inclined to go with the first one and perhaps make the lighting a little more dramatic, but I wanted to post my best 3 ideas up and get some opinions.
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Re: "Down to Earth" - Still life setup

Still playing with this composition. This is probably bigger than a "thumbnail", but its just a quickie idea on how to put this together to include a bit of lighting. It is very rough.

I have rearranged things and plugged in the lights. Besides composition, I am trying to figure out the best solution for this very large still life set up.
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Re: "Down to Earth" - Still life setup

Hi Anna,
Still life is one of my favorite genres, especially when an artist tries to say something more with it, not just to faithfully deliver the shapes and colors. The first layout, the one you did the sketch for, seems to me the most interesting of the three. I'm not quite like the way the shoes are placed on all of them - almost standing on the lower edge. I'd try to move them a bit deeper under the chair or probably turn one of them upside down, which will make them less static and more visually interesting.

In what medium you plan to execute it?
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Re: "Down to Earth" - Still life setup

Thank you Natalia!

I think giving the shoes more of a tossed look would suit this a lot better than lined up. I am going to do this in oils, most likely with a classical layered approach. My painterly just looks like a chaotic muddy mess. Once I get some things moved around where I can have a comfortable space to get started in, I will do a more detailed drawing and studies. I have several 16x20 canvases. I would like to be ambitious and do a series on this theme. Hopefully that will help to improve my composition skills.
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Re: "Down to Earth" - Still life setup

For some reason, the setting reminded me strongly of Andrew Wyeth, and, subsequently, made me think of tempera (soft, subtle, somewhat dusty colors). Having very little experience with tempera myself (a few works done during my art school years - liked it a lot, btw), I cannot be much of a tempera advocate, but it just seems to me highly suitable for the purpose here. Would be interesting to see sketches for the whole series...
I've done series of still lives, but the pieces in them weren't on the same theme and were united mostly stylistically. Good luck with your work! Would like to see your progress, if you fill like posting it here.
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Re: "Down to Earth" - Still life setup

I was not familiar with Wyeth until you replied. I see what you mean about the subtle colors. He has some really nice paintings.

I have never tried a series. I am debating with myself if I should do the drawings first - get all the compositions put together - then move onto the canvas, or do each one individually and build the series painting by painting. A part of me wants to make sure they look good hanging side by side. (A flock of potential angels)
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